The Weeping Willow will soon be open next to the Copper Cup coffee house on the west end of Main and will be offering a beautiful array of home accessories.
Molly Schroeder, a native of Alta, moved to Cherokee last year from Cedar Rapids to be closer to family in this area. Schroeder, 25, has her hair stylist degree from Capri in Cedar Rapids but her passion is decorating homes. The intrigue started for her when she was in high school working at The Garden Gate in Alta and learning design. She continued working in design while living in Cedar Rapids and is excited about the possibilities her new store will hold.
"The Weeping Willow will be a combination of modern, eclectic and vintage pieces for homes," Schroeder said. "I will specialize in wall décor, silk arrangements for homes and weddings, tapestries and vases."
Brides along with their mothers and bridesmaids are welcome to stop into the Weeping Willow with their ideas of what they want for their special day. She has a number of books for customers to look at for ideas on color and style and is able to order special requests that are not found in house. "I will also be renting out vases for reception decorating and can do reception flowers as well as wedding flowers. I can also order large quantities of vases if someone is looking to purchase them instead of renting them," she said.
The Weeping Willow will carry a variety of brands to give her customers options for all of their decorating needs. Sullivan's pottery and flowers, Meravic pottery and flowers and Uttermost wall décor are just a few of the brands that will appear in Schroeder's store. Schroeder also uses Floramatique flowers for silk arrangements and will be doing custom home arrangements as well as bridal.
"I am more than willing to do in home appointments to help someone find the perfect décor or arrangement for that specific place in their home," she said.
Schroeder's new business will be holding a red ribbon cutting after opening in late April as a new member business to the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.
"I just want to say thank you to Cherokee. Everyone has been so nice and welcoming. I feel so lucky to be part of this community," Schroeder said.
(Weeping Willow - story and photos by Sarah Boldt, correspondent)
Molly Schroeder sets a tall pottery jar filled with fountain grasses for people to see in the window display, as she sets up her store, The Weeping Willow, due to open mid-April.
Molly Schroeder sets one of her new pieces of pottery, filled with silk grasses, next to the oversized chairs that will be used during personalized consultations at 'The Weeping Willow.'
Eberts remodel upstairs of business into living quarters -
After purchasing Wilson,s TV & Appliance on West Main in Cherokee back in 2008, Steven and Jane Ebert began to toy with the idea of making their home right above the store. The couple resided in Moville, traveling back and forth to Cherokee, which made for very long days.
When asked if they came up with their own floor plan for their living environment, Ebert said with a grin, "Jane drew one floor plan after another. There were many sheets of paper strewn about as she designed a living space and what would work best. We wanted to preserve an old feeling yet make it comtemporary ..."
(Eberts remodel upstairs of business into living quarters - story and photos by Nancy Hohbach, Correspondent (note: the photos do not necessarily correspond with the story next to the photo))
... Jane explained, "In today's world, people don't use dining rooms like years ago. We wanted a much larger kitchen with some seating capacity adjacent to a the living room."
The couple went on to explain the work it took just to get the old out before new construction could begin. The whole front half of the building was gutted out plus they eliminated much of the back area as well. They hauled away 20 straight truck loads. There were several businesses up there over the years which included a video store, chiropractor, barber and hair dresser and Steve said he had been told that a Moose lodge met up there.
With all those steps going up, it certainly provided a good work out. The original roof had a sky light. Eberts installed a new roof right over the sky roof. Once that was done, they started putting in the walls. Eberts are lucky to have carpenters amongst their relation. Steve's brother, Rod Ebert, aided their efforts in erecting new walls but left what support beams were there in the middle of the walls to hide them.
. Further south in the hall is the master-bedroom with a gigantic walk-in closet and master bath with a laundry room to the south of it.
Eberts selected new windows from Valley Glass with Mike Rose doing the installation. Plus being air-tight when closed, the windows provide of downtown and beyond.
Janes' father and sister helped with painting along with Gene Streeter lending a helping hand. Can you believe they utilized 42 gallons of primer paint and 28 gallons of paint ... to get the walls where they wanted them to be? That took time and aching muscles. Their paint was selected at Cherokee Lumber. The "copper mountain" color highlights the "whole wheat" in various shades.
The flooring was chosen at Marcus Lumber, and the laminated flooring resembles the...
... old-fashioned wide plank floor, and looks very real. It really helps set the tone and looks as real as can be. The carpet is matched in earth tones as well.
Conrad Ebert took the time to install their new oak kitchen cupboards in a color which is touted as truffle with carmel glazing. The crown molding at the top comes out at an angle. It is quite plain, and the indirect lighting is hidden there. The simplicity of the style is what sets them off...
... Eberts chose a high definition finish countertop which is called "blue storm." The edge is cut at an angle, but the top sets the cupboards off very nicely. Black stools allow several people up to the island bar to eat, watch TV or look out the windows.
The laundry room has the elevated washer/dryer set where one can house the soap and etc. in the drawer below. There is a large rack for hanging clothes and a large shelf for folding. The floor is tile, which is great for wiping up. There still are some finishing touches to be done.
... It shows that working together, one can accomplish much. The Eberts have embraced Cherokee as their home.